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January 9, 2013 (San Diego) –In response to the long-time needs and present demands of the Vietnamese community, the Little Saigon Foundation is opening a Vietnamese Community Center in order to create a space for social services and cultural interaction.  Early services include a Vietnamese Language School, Youth Leadership Development, Translation services, and physical health programs such as “Càng Khôn Thập Linh” (a combination of Tai-chi and yoga), as well as international ballroom dance. With spaces offered to local community groups to meet and hold events, the Center is the first Vietnamese Community Center in City Heights.  Up until now, the organization has been operating on mostly the support of volunteers, but is now looking to add permanent paid staff.  As such, the organizations will host the Little Saigon Fundraising and Award Dinner on Jan. 13 from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. at the Lucky Star Restaurant, 3894 54th St., San Diego.

The event will raise funds to support ongoing projects and programs as well as recognize long-time community members who have contributed time, effort and leadership to the revitalization of the community.

Tickets are $35 regular or $55 for VIP.  The event includes an 8 course meal, Lion Dance, raffles, a silent auction, ballroom dancing and an open bar. Visit or call 619-719-0700 for information on purchasing tickets.

The Little Saigon San Diego Foundation has been working with local non-profit organizations, businesses, and residents to revitalize the community. These projects include cultural and tourism events such as Lantern Festival;  infrastructure  improvements such as Street Clean-up, graffiti removal, uplifting storefronts and installing trash bins and benches;  businesses promotion such as a free online directory and the Taste of Little Saigon event.

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